McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has come out in criticism of the “flawed” design of the Abu Dhabi Yas Marina circuit, in the wake of arguments from several quarters that the season finale was comparatively anticlimactic to an otherwise thrilling 2010 championship season.
With overtaking on the Hermann Tilke track proving as hard to come by as a succession plan from Bernie Ecclestone, Whitmarsh has called for changes in the circuit’s layout to try and spice up the action.
“I personally would like to see it changed. I think it is a fantastic facility that we come to, but the end of the straight they need a wide challenging corner, not a chicane that has got one line through it,” he told The Guardian newspaper.
“You could see that when we first saw the plans. There is a massive commitment here to making this a great venue, so in the scheme of things priority should be given to looking at the circuit,” he added.
Similarly, former World Champion Nigel Mansell is no fan of the Abu Dhabi circuit either, describing the 2010 finale race as “very boring” on account of the lack of overtaking.
“The two protagonists, Alonso and [Webber] just didn’t pass anybody,” he told the Daily Mail.
“Alonso is known for his charging, and to have a car which seems to be quicker than the car in front and not being able to overtake doesn’t make sense,” he added.
And we couldn’t agree more, Nigel!
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